Syria eliminates 88 percent of its chemical weapons

As part of its continuing effort to remove or destroy its chemical weapons stockpile, Syria has now removed or destroyed 88 percent of its in-country stockpile.

"The renewed pace in movements is positive and necessary to ensure progress towards a tight deadline," Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Damascus Sigrid Kaag said.

Syria is expected to sustain its momentum in removing and destroying the weapons, with complete removal operations done in the next several days. The campaign to eliminate Syria's entire chemical weapons program has a June 30 deadline established by the OCPW executive council.

Additionally, the Syrian Arab Republic has also completed destruction of empty mustard gas containers and made progress in closing chemical weapons production and storage sites.

Syria's weapons disposal work began in January following an agreement brokered by the United States and Russia that saw Syria renounce its chemical weapons material and join the 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.